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Thomas Johnson long case| Tick Tock Thursday

The sun is out and we have just finished this absolutely lovely local clock by Thomas Johnson of Chesterfield. This clock dates from somewhere between c1800 and c1830. It has a most wonderful inlaid oak case with shells and leaves and cross banding to the edges. This clock has the more unusual Arabic numerals to the dial. Featuring a floral display with real gold leaf highlights.

Thomas Johnson signature on a clock face
Thomas Johnson Long case Base section
Thomas Johnson Longcase

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18th Century Bracket Clocks| Tick Tock Thursday

A bit of case restoration on two beautiful 18th century bracket clocks. The first is a large, very deep red mahogany bracket clock by Barrauds of London. The case has heavy Corinthian columns to the four corners and ornate hand cut brass fretwork panel to the side. The painted dial with date ring has been sent away for sympathetic restoration of the winding holes as they have become chipped over time. The highly engraved movement is currently being totally overhauled by me and should be on test very soon.

The second clock is a lovely mid 18th century mahogany veneered clock by James Eley. James worked from 1753 to 1795 and he produced some very well made clocks. This particular one has the “better” cross cut mahogany veneer to the inner masking. Also featuring a lovely brass frets to the front top corners. The movement for this clock has a very highly engraved back-plate and verge (crownwheel) escapement. And also includes a complicated dial with two subsidiary dials, date ring and ornate spandrels.

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Style Georgian bracket clock 2| Tick Tock Thursday

This week we’ve finish the very rare Georgian bracket clock that we illustrated a few weeks ago. This well proportioned George II inverted bell top mahogany bracket clock by the 18th century maker Nathaniel Style. This clock has received the most careful of restorations to retain its original shellac finish. Which is in an amazing original condition and its original winding key.

It is not very often that a completely original base model clock appears in such amazing condition. When acquired by us, this clock was covered in many layers of grime and dust. Having spent at least 100 years in a dry attic of a large house. I have included a couple of photographs of the case being carefully cleaned to reveal its totally original finish. I have done this to demonstrate that we have not re-polished this clock in any way.

The very well made case is veneered in a good quality mahogany. With it being a base model it is devoid of any brass frills and fussiness and has a simple wooden fret to the two top corners of the front door and a substantial brass handle to the top. The rear door has been made far more substantially than is required and still has the case makers chisel marks that have been let in to allow the pendulum the swing freely. I cannot express how lovely this clock is and has to be seen to be believed.

The timepiece movement has a crown wheel (verge) escapement and has its original suspension holding the “free” pendulum. This type of escapement was a transition between the rigid knife edge type crown wheel escapement where the pendulum is directly connected to the pallet arbour and the anchor escapement with its separately suspended pendulum and reduced pendulum arc. This escapement has a large pendulum arc. This is demonstrated by the mock pendulum during operation but the maker is clearly trying to experiment with the new technological developments that were coming into horology. The movement has been totally overhauled by me. However it is in as original a condition as I can get it without removing any of its past history.

It is very rare that these timepiece clocks survived beyond the 19th century because they were in essence a base model without any frill, striking mechanisms or alarm work. They simply told the time. As was the case with “modern” 1950s mantle clocks of today. These basic clocks were mistreated and thrown away when worn out due to the cost of repairing them.

This clock has somehow managed to be carefully stored away when it finally became surplus to requirements or the cost of repair outweighed the value of the clock and stayed there for many years! The patina and simple elegance of this clock has to be seen to be fully appreciated. I believe it would be a very good addition to any collection or someone with an eye for Georgian style.

Nathaniel Style is recorded as working at Wood Street, Cheapside, London. Becoming free of the Clock makers Company in 1725 and retiring in 1773.

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Nathaniel Style Bracket Clock| Clock of the Week

This week well proportioned George II inverted bell top mahogany bracket clock by the 18th century maker Nathaniel Style. This clock has received the most careful of restorations to retain its original shellac finish which is in an amazing original condition and its original winding key.

It is not very often that a completely original base model clock appears in such amazing condition. When acquired by us, this clock was covered in many layers of grime and dust having spent at least 100 years in a dry attic of a large house. I have included a couple of photographs of the case being carefully cleaned to reveal its totally original finish. I have done this to demonstrate that we have not re-polished this clock in any way. The very well made case is veneered in a good quality mahogany and with it being a base model it is devoid of any brass frills and fussiness and has a simple wooden fret to the two top corners of the front door and a substantial brass handle to the top. The rear door has been made far more substantially than is required and still has the case makers chisel marks that have been let in to allow the pendulum the swing freely. I cannot express how lovely this clock is and has to be seen to be believed.

The timepiece movement has a crown wheel (verge) escapement and has its original suspension holding the “free” pendulum. This type of escapement was a transition between the rigid knife edge type crown wheel escapement where the pendulum is directly connected to the pallet arbour and the anchor escapement with its separately suspended pendulum and reduced pendulum arc. This escapement has a large pendulum arc and this is demonstrated by the mock pendulum during operation but the maker is clearly trying to experiment with the new technological developments that were coming into horology. The movement has been totally overhauled by me and is in as original condition as I can get it without removing any of its past history.

It is very rare that these timepiece clocks survived beyond the 19th century because they were in essence a base model without any frill, striking mechanisms or alarm work. They simply told the time and as is the case with “modern” 1950s mantle clocks of today, these basic clocks were mistreated and thrown away when worn out due to the cost of repairing them.

This clock has somehow managed to be carefully stored away when it finally became surplus to requirements or the cost of repair outweighed the value of the clock and stayed there for many years! The patina and simple elegance of this clock has to be seen to be fully appreciated and I believe it would be a very good addition to a valued collection or someone with an eye for Georgian style.

Nathaniel Style is recorded as working at Wood Street, Cheapside, London becoming free of the Clock makers Company in 1725 and retiring in 1773.
With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks that have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces.

This piece and many others are currently available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Unfortunately this piece has been purchased. However we still have many pieces available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

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Double Fusee Painted Bracket Clock | Clock of the Week

This weeks stunning clock of the week is a very rare Painted double fusee strike/pull repeat Bracket Clock with early Gesso and finely painted dial. Knife edge crownwheel (verge) escapement and beautifully engraved backplate. The Back plate bearing the name Taylor London. There is a name on the dial and it could be Samuel Taylor, London. I will confirm this in due course.

Here at Overton Clocks we pride ourselves in offering unusual and rare clocks and this one is both. This clock dates from around c1770 and during this period the styles and designs of the bracket clock was at its most diverse. Deryck Roberts describes this period as the “confusion of styles”. We had bell top, inverted bell top, arch dial, full arch dial and variations based on influences of the grand tours. There was also the increasing styles and competition coming over from France and Germany as well.

This particular clock is the very essence of the period. The well made mahogany case with its exaggerated bell top and glazed panels to the side and rear door is completely covered in a “Faux Tortoiseshell” painted effect with gilt pin striping around the edges and delicately painted gilt scrollwork to the corners. The condition of this clock is simply stunning! It is totally original and untouched in anyway and it has taken 250 years for it to look like this.

There are small flecks of paint missing and the odd scratch to the case. However, In all that time this clock has never been “touched up”, polished or repaired. The clock was covered in a very deep layer of dust when I acquired it. I have simply removed this dust very carefully to reveal the clock you see today. I am sure that a professional Painting restorer could fully clean the paint and “repaint” the missing flecks to make it perfect and as new. But as I was told as a young apprentice 20 years ago, its taken a few lifetimes to look like this and it would only take a few hours to remove it.. so I will leave it exactly how it is.

The Beautifully engraved double fusee movement has the early “Knife edge” Crown wheel (verge) escapement. Pull repeating rack striking mechanism with lovely scrollwork to the rack tail and head. There is a silence mechanism on this clock which is operated via a lever in the arch.

The movement had very little wear and shows very little evidence of previous repairs. This giving more fuel to the argument that this clock is a true time warp that has spent most of its life hidden away and not being used. To ensure that I can give you a full three years guarantee and confidence in your investment I have very carefully restored the movement to a high standard. In keeping with the case, I have not removed any of the original grain finish using propriety metal polishes. But simply removed all of the old dirt and grease to reveal the original colour and shine. Ensuring the clock operates as intended.


The original painted dial is also in a most original condition. Having five individually painted scenes in the four corners and the arch. The scenes are of the four seasons and have been painted to a very high standard with gesso beading to the edges. The painting in the arch being father time with the text “Time how short, Eternity how long”. These totally handmade dials are not to be confused with the mass produced painted dials of the 19th century. These dials were more expensive than their brass equivalent and would have been made to order. As with the condition of the clock, this dial is totally original without any repairs or “touch ups”. There is a small scratch to the dial vertically above the 6/7 but it does not detract from it. 

This piece and many others are currently available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Unfortunately this piece has been purchased. However, we still have many pieces available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

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Painted Double Fusee Bracket Clock |Tick Tock Thursday

This week has seen us complete the restoration of a very rare Painted double fusee strike/pull repeat Bracket Clock featuring early Gesso and finely painted dial, Knife edge crownwheel (verge) escapement and beautifully engraved backplate. The Back plate bearing the name Taylor London. There is a name on the dial and it could be Samuel Taylor, London. I will confirm this in due course.

Here at Overton Clocks we pride ourselves in offering unusual and rare clocks and this one is both. This clock dates from around c1770. During this period the styles and designs of the bracket clock was at its most diverse. Deryck Roberts describes this period as the “confusion of styles”. We had bell top, inverted bell top, arch dial, full arch dial and variations based on influences of the grand tours. There was also the increasing styles and competition coming over from France and Germany as well.
This particular clock is the very essence of the period. The well made mahogany case with its exaggerated bell top and glazed panels to the side and rear door is completely covered in a “Faux Tortoiseshell” painted effect with gilt pin striping around the edges and delicately painted gilt scroll work to the corners.

The condition of this clock is simply stunning! It took 250 years to look like this and is totally original and untouched. There are small flecks of paint missing and the odd scratch to the case. The piece has never has a touch up polish or repair until now. Dust covered the clock deeply when I aquired it. So I have simply removed this dust very carefully to reveal the clock you see today.

I am sure that a professional Painting restorer could fully clean the paint and “repaint” the missing flecks to make it perfect. But as someone told me as a young apprentice 20 years ago. Its taken a few lifetimes to look like this and it would only take a few hours to remove it. So I will leave it exactly how it is.

The Beautifully engraved double fusee movement has the early “Knife edge” Crown wheel (verge) escapement. Pull repeating rack striking mechanism with lovely scroll work to the rack tail and head. The clock features a silencing mechanism operated by a lever in the arch. The movement had very little wear and shows very little evidence of previous repairs. This giving more fuel to the argument that this clock is a true time warp. Hidden away and in disuse.

To ensure that I can give you a full three years guarantee and confidence in your investment I have very carefully restored the movement to a high standard. In keeping with the case, I have not removed any of the original grain finish using propriety metal polishes. But simply removed all of the old dirt and grease to reveal the original colour and shine. Ensuring the clock operates as intended.

The original painted dial is also in a most original condition having five individually painted scenes in the four corners and the arch. The dial depicts the four seasons. They have been painted to a very high standard with gesso beading to the edges. The painting in the arch being father time with the text “Time how short, Eternity how long”. The dials are totally handmade. These dials were more expensive than their brass equivalent and would have been made to order. As with the condition of the clock, this dial is totally original without any repairs or “touch ups”. There is a small scratch to the dial vertically above the 6/7 but it does not detract from it. this clock is for sale if your interested! 

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A quadruple cased pocket watch by Edward Prior

Quadruple Cased Pocket Watch | Clock of the Week

This week a very rare quadruple cased pocket watch by the eminent Edward Prior (1800 – 1868) 

I have restored and worked on a number of Edward Prior watches in the past. But have only ever seen one other quadruple cased ottoman style pocket watch, and the quality of this one is simply outstanding.

The three inner cases are hallmarked London 1828 and the outer Clam shell is no marked. After some research, the custom was to export the triple cased watch to Turkey and then the outer forth case was manufactured in Turkey before retailing.

The fusee verge movement has been fully restored by me. Now, it is in an amazing condition showing little wear for its years of age! The “ottoman” style porcelain dial is in perfect condition displaying the makers name and Arabic style numerals. 

With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country. We are proud to say that we are now the exclusive restoration company for Steam Mill Clocks.
As well as this, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks that have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces. 

I am a master clockmaker. A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and a member of the British watch and clockmakers guild. Overton Clocks is a traditional clock shop based in the heart of Chesterfield. Hosting a showroom and in-house fully equipped workshop.

This piece and many others are currently available for purchase on our selling antiques page.
Unfortunately this piece has been purchased. However we still have many pieces available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Adrian

Show Room Show Case

Take a gander at our new show room, brilliant isn’t it? Thanks to Rob at Banister Publications we can show you via the magic of this 360 image. enjoy!

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Samuel Taylor Bracket clock | Tick Tock Thursday

Our horological shenanigans have bought us to Germany to purchase an incredibly rare painted bracket clock by Samuel Taylor c1750. I often say I try and source unusual or rare clocks and this is both. The bell top case is is made of mahogany and is painted in a rest rich red/burgundy paint that is in a condition that simply could not be replicated without 300 years of patina added! The gilding to the corners and edging of the apertures is lovely and untouched. I can let you know that I will not be touching the case either! The double fusee strike/pull repeat movement has a silent lever in the arch above “father time” and has a lovely engraving to the back plate. This clock has the earlier “knife edge” crown wheel (verge) escapement and very fine crossings to the wheels . On the dial, there are four paintings for the four seasons. A reminder from Samuel Taylor that time is short, but eternity is long. enjoy!

Samuel Taylor bracket clock

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A Georgian Mahogany Chamfer Top Bracket Clock

Symms Cheltenham Bracket Clock| Clock of the Week

A lovely Georgian Chamfer Topped Striking Mahogany Bracket clock with Pull Repeat by Symms of Cheltenham.

The Mahogany case has a most wonderful original finish to it. Achieved by carefully removing the layers of dust and grime to reveal the original shellac finish. This clock has not been re-polished. The brass bound corner pieces and Brass corner edging give this clock a pleasing look and balance the symmetry. The piece is finished off with the ebony milled pattern to the top and bottom. Sitting on its original ball feet the clock stands 50cm tall. The Fish scale side frets are typical of this date and I have re-silked them in a pleasing regency green. I have kept the original silk if you would like them reinstalled ( however, they are a little tatty).

The five Knopped pillar movement is substantially made and has been fully restored by me. Featuring a double fusee striking movement utilising a rack and independent snail for the strike ensures that the repeat function strikes the hour up to a couple of minutes before the next arrives. The anchor escapement drives a heavy lenticular bobbed pendulum with a micro adjustment screw above for regulation.
The Convex dial is signed Symms Cheltenham and is identical to the engraving on the movement plate. This dial is fitted into a separate brass bezel that itself fits snuggly into the convex glazed door.
I would date this clock to around c1825.

This piece and many others are currently available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Unfortunately this piece has been purchased. However we still have many pieces available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

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Symms Cheltenham Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

This week’s horological shenanigans have seen us finish a wonderful George III mahogany chamfer top bracket clock by Symms Cheltenham. This lovely Striking Mahogany Bracket clock with Pull Repeat was made around c1825. This design of clock fell out of favour by the 1840s.
The Mahogany case has a most wonderful original finish to it that has been achieved by carefully removing the layers of dust and grime to reveal the original shellac finish. This clock has not been re-polished. The brass bound corner pieces and Brass corner edging gives this clock a pleasing look and balances the symmetry and is finished off with the ebony milled pattern to the top and bottom. Sitting on its original ball feet the clock stands 50cm tall to the top of the gilt pineapple. the Fish scale side frets are typical of this date and I have re-silked them in a pleasing regency green. I have kept the original silk. ( however, they are a little tatty). 

The five Knopped pillar movement is substantially made and has been fully restored by me. Featuring a double fusee striking movement utilising a rack and independent snail for the strike ensures that the repeat function strikes the hour up to a couple of minutes before the next arrives. The anchor escapement drives a heavy lenticular bobbed pendulum with a micro adjustment screw above for regulation.

The Convex dial is signed Symms Cheltenham and is identical to the engraving on the movement plate. This dial is fitted into a separate brass bezel that itself fits snuggly into the convex glazed door.
This clock is available if your interested. Enjoy

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Whitehurst Pattern Skeleton Timepiece

Whitehurst Skeleton Timepiece | Clock of the Week

A particularly rare Whitehurst pattern Skeleton clock is this weeks clock of the week. Although there are quite a few patterns of skeleton clocks that have been made over the years, this particular one is particularly recognisable as a Whitehurst pattern. This pattern was only used by the company until it transferred to John Smith of Derby. The clock is also illustrated in F.B Boyer-Collard book titled Skeleton Clocks.


The beautifully made plates have an elegant style to them and have been made to a high standard. We have carefully removed all of the old tarnish and polished all parts using an old method with chalk. Using chalk, although labour intensive gives a finish that cannot be replicated using modern compounds.


The original glass dome is perfect with no faults, cracks or chips and is finished off with a braided rope to the white marble base. 
With over twenty years experience in restoring and conserving clocks and working on some of the finest and complicated clocks for a select group of the best antique clock dealers in the country. We are proud to say that we are now the exclusive restoration company for Steam Mill Clocks. 
As well as this, Overton Clocks has now decided to offer our customers the opportunity to purchase fine antique clocks. These clocks have been personally selected for their unique or special features. Each clock has been expertly restored to the highest of standards by myself. Overton clocks ensures peace of mind in your investment, by personally offering three years warranty on all of our timepieces.


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Nathaniel Styles Clock | Tick Tock Thursday

This week’s horological shenanigans has seen us start the restoration of a lovely mid 18th century clock by the eminent Nathaniel Styles of London. Nathaniel was recorded as working from Wood Street, Cheapside London. Nathaniel Styles became a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1725. He finally retired in 1773 making his career well over 50 years including the training and experience needed to become free. This particular clock is particularly rare in the fact that it is certainly a “base” model. ( the 1980s Ford Fiesta 950 of its day. ) the clock is simply a timepiece without any striking or alarmwork. It has a very simple case without any frills including side frets, fancy handles or glazed rear door. The case is a beautiful deep mahogany that has never been “ebonised”. If it had, his would have added to the cost.

This type of clock would have easily been thrown away after it was worn out sometime in the 1800s. Just like the 1930’s mantle clocks are at the moment. You simply could not have given them away. This clock has obviously been stored away in a dry attic somewhere for 100 years. Now its on my bench. The first steps to restoring the clock was to carefully remove years of dust and grime that had built up on the case.

mechanism for an antique 18th century clock inside of a mahogany case
back of a mahogany clock case
Nathaniel Styles 18th century clock

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clock with a large face and curved case

Thwaites And Reed balloon clock | Clock of the week

A very impressive mid to late 19th century Balloon clock by the eminent clockmaker Thwaites and Reed. 


The proportions of this clock are just right for a clock of this size being exactly 70cm high (27.5″). The mahogany case is very well made. With its flame panel to the front and boxwood inlay to the dial surround. Due the size and age of this clock there is some cracking to the top curve. This is usually the case with balloon clock of this type.


The 12″ well made cast brass dial is made of three pieces. Being a lovely matted centre piece, a rear dial ring and a very good chapter ring with quarter markers and waxed numerals.


The double fusee movement is simply impressive! It is 23cm square (9″) and the plates at least a quarter of an inch thick. The fusee runs on a beautifully engineered chain. I have personally restored this movement to a very high standard.

The movement is stamped T&R for THWAITES AND REED and the serial number is 15503.


This clock was a complete one off. As well as being a small fortune to have manufactured it was certainly made specifically for a large house. Indeed, I acquired the clock from a very impressive Victorian house in Whitchurch. It really did look amazing on a table in the reception hallway.

This piece and many others are currently available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

Unfortunately this piece has been purchased. However we still have many pieces available for purchase on our selling antiques page.

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Robert Pace long case clock-Tick Tock Thursday

this week’s horological shenanigans have seen us working on an incredibly nice ( some would say perfect) 18th century Marquetry inlaid longcase clock made by the eminent Robert Pace of London. Robert Pace worked from the mid 1700 to around 1780 and his work is always of a very good standard. This clock is no exception. With 18 individual, highly decorative pieces of marquetry that are simply stunning in both quality and workmanship. This clock has now been restored and is waiting for a new home! Interested.. give us a call. The second clock is a stunning one piece cased carriage clock from around c1850. We have polished this clock using chalk and it looks amazing.

intricate artwork on a dark oaken surface
intricate artwork on a dark oaken surface
Marquetry inlaid longcase clock made by Robert Pace

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